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AUGUST 15, 2008 EST, USA
 
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More than 35 rebels, two soldiers killed in northern Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Fri August 15, 2008 06:38 EDT . - - Colombo (dpa) - At least 35 Tamil rebels and two soldiers were killed as troops advanced in northern Sri Lanka - amidst heavy fighting, military officials said Friday.

Troops are advancing from several fronts on rebel strongholds in the Vanni region, 320 kilometres north of the capital Colombo.

Heavy fighting was reported from the Palamoddai area where troops overran four bunkers and captured an 81-millimetre mortar gun position, killing nine rebels and injuring 10 more.

Troops also confronted a group of rebels north of Janakapura, killing nine more rebels and capturing five bunkers.

The other rebels were killed in a number of clashes in the Vanni region. Military officials said that at least 48 rebels were injured in the confrontations on Thursday.

Two soldiers were also killed in Thursday's fighting, an army statement said.

Military officials said troops made significant gains in the north of the island and have advanced into rebel-controlled areas.

Obtaining independent confirmation of the military's claims was not possible.

However, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and UN agencies operating in the areas said more than 130,000 civilians have been displaced during the past four months.

Civilians have been fleeing further north to prevent being caught in the conflict.

Over the past two years, government troops have captured rebel-held areas in the east and are now in the process of capturing areas in the north.

According to army commander Sarath Fonseka more than 9,000 rebels and 1,770 soldiers have been killed in the past two years. dpa ad im
Published: Fri Aug 15 07:22:50 EDT 2008


Latest Sri Lanka fighting kills 26 rebels, 2 troops
reuters.com, Aug 15, 2008. By Ranga Sirilal

COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lankan attack helicopters bombed rebels' bunkers on Friday, the military said, a day after ground troops killed 26 Tamil Tiger fighters as government forces pressed their assault on the rebels' northern stronghold.

"MI-24 attack helicopters engaged LTTE bunker-line and strong points in Nachikudha in Kilinochchi," said Sri Lankan air force spokesman Wing Commander Janaka Nanyakakra, referring to the area held by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

"Pilots confirm targets (were) engaged accurately and expect heavy casualties." More...
Published: Fri Aug 15 20:30:38 EDT 2008 Back to the top

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Sri Lankans Flee Fighting as Army Attacks Rebel Bases in North
bloomberg, August 15, 2008. Aug. 15 (Bloomberg) -- Tens of thousands of civilians have fled fighting in Sri Lanka's north in recent weeks as the army mounts almost daily offensives to capture bases of Tamil rebels, the International Committee of the Red Cross said.

``The upsurge in fighting is making it increasingly difficult for humanitarian workers to gain access to certain areas,'' the ICRC said on its Web site. ``Access to food, shelter, sanitation and clean water is an urgent priority.''

Most displaced people are heading for areas in Kilinochchi district where the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam has its headquarters. More than 130,000 people have left their homes in the Mannar, Vavuniya and Kilinochchi areas, TamilNet reported on Aug. 8. The ICRC didn't estimate the number of displaced people.

Sri Lanka's military is trying to capture the last strongholds held by the LTTE in the north of the South Asian island. The Tamil Tigers have been fighting for a separate homeland in the north and east for 25 years, in a conflict that has killed more than 70,000 people. More... Discuss this story
Published: Thu Aug 14 23:15:44 EDT 2008 Back to the top


Military: Sri Lanka fighting kills 16
Associated Press, Thu August 14, 2008 05:39 EDT . RAVI NESSMAN - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A wave of battles across the front lines in Sri Lanka - 's 25-year-old civil war killed 14 ethnic Tamil rebels and two government soldiers, the military said Thursday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Not many pluses
economist.com, Thursday August 14th 2008. AT A lingerie factory in Pannala, in Sri Lanka’s Western Province, lines of women in red work-coats, red headscarves and face-masks are stitching knickers... Back to the top

Tens of thousands on the run as Sri Lanka fighting flares: ICRC
google.com, august 14. COLOMBO (AFP) — Tens of thousands of residents have fled their homes in northern Sri Lanka where fighting between government troops and Tamil rebels has intensified in recent weeks, the Red Cross said Thursday... Back to the top

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